Cleaning up Tingalpa Creek, an enormous undertaking!

Commencing in March of this year, our Redlands River Warriors team have been kicking goals by removing vast amounts of rubbish from the popular Tingalpa Creek in the Redland City region near Brisbane. Made up of a variety of passionate local volunteers, they’ve battled plagues of mosquitos, fought against strong tidal currents and waded through waste-deep mud to retrieve day-to-day rubbish items that should have simply been disposed of correctly, or better yet, not been purchased in the first place!

Our River Warriors Redlands Coordinator Kyle Debets, getting his hands dirty to retrieve debris from the mangroves in Tingalpa Creek.

Our River Warriors Redlands Coordinator Kyle Debets, getting his hands dirty to retrieve debris from the mangroves in Tingalpa Creek.

Our local team after another successful survey on Tingalpa Creek. So far the team have collected over 6,800 pieces of debris in just 7 surveys!

Our local team after another successful survey on Tingalpa Creek. So far the team have collected over 6,800 pieces of debris in just 7 surveys!

To date, the team has conducted 7 surveys of the creek with another 5 scheduled over the coming weeks. During this time, they have removed over 1 tonne of rubbish, made up of more than 6,800 individual pieces of plastic, foam, discarded fishing gear and glass bottles. Upon completion of our 12 surveys, the team will be producing a Marine Debris Report and Report Card, which will rate the waterway on 4 key variables with an A being the best rating and an F the worst.

With adequate systems and measures in place such as storm water drain netting; community engagement around reducing single use plastics and other items; increased availability to bins; rubbish awareness signage in public parks and boat ramps; as well as the installation of easily accessible fishing line disposal points we believe that there is hope to turn some of our most polluted waterways into some of our most pristine. Tingalpa Creek is relatively small, however it attracts an enormous amount of debris. It’s definitely been the most challenging waterway that we’ve tackled so far and we have our work cut out for us to address the source(s) of the issue and ensure that we can assist in moving it towards becoming marine debris-free.

A standard haul from one of our Tingalpa Creek surveys.

A standard haul from one of our Tingalpa Creek surveys.

Brittany finding a pile of trash amongst the mangroves.

Brittany finding a pile of trash amongst the mangroves.

Hayden and Brittany getting in the mud during one of our surveys.

Hayden and Brittany getting in the mud during one of our surveys.

Kelly paddling hard against the current.

Kelly paddling hard against the current.

Earlier this year, our Gold Coast team completed 24 surveys of the Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast, covering the full accessible length of the waterway 6 times. Although rated the ‘Best Swimming Spot in Australia’ our Report Card scored the creek an F+ in terms of marine debris pollution. We’re now working to move this rating towards an A alongside the local community, businesses and Gold Coast City Council. Our River Warriors project on the Brunswick River in northern NSW will also commence on Sunday August 25. To find out more, check out our Upcoming Events page.

River Warriors Redlands is proudly sponsored and supported by the Redland City Council.